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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: February 28, 2:21 PM ET
Five keys for Billy Dib

By Bernardo Pilatti

Australia's Billy "The Kid" Dib (35-1, 21 KOs) will defend his featherweight title for the third time when he faces Russian contender Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs) in the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

It will be Dib's second fight in the United States; the first one was his lone defeat, in 2008 against Steven Luevano.

With a great amateur record (98 victories in 133 fights), Dib turned professional under the guidance of former champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed of Great Britain, from whom Dib inherited part of his style. Fast, with good technique and great footwork, Dib hopes to remain a force in the 126-pound division and defeat a very dangerous Gradovich.

Here are five keys to victory for Dib against Gradovich: